His panoramic view of the workers responsible for industry in Trenton, New Jersey was soon joined by two other murals, Rural Delivery and The Second Battle of Trenton. The following year he painted Cotton Pickers for the Roanoke Rapids post office in North Carolina. Depicting African American workers in a respectful manner was actually controversial at the time, with newspapers and locals criticizing the work.
In this exhibition we have a study for Cotton Pickers as well as preliminary oils for unrealized murals for the WPA. Despite his acclaim for his murals he would create only one other set for the Playhouse Inn in New Hope. He would spend the rest of his career concentrating on more personal subjects and themes, as well as communicating those same themes to students.
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